Details: A Stylist's Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors
When you think about decorating, you probably envision big changes, big purchases, and big costs. Interior stylist Lili Diallo has two words for you: Start small. She specializes in bringing homes alive through the details—a silvery pillow here, a floral screen there, and plenty of personality everywhere.
Stylists typically transform spaces by working with pieces that are already present, and their goal is to translate the residents’ stories and passions into their surroundings. Details teaches you how to find your very own design story by focusing on which colors, textures, and objects make you feel most at home. You’ll also learn how to reimagine familiar objects and how to transform an area just by adding one key piece, such as a bright yellow rug that softens a room’s midcentury modern furniture.
Inspiration streams through hundreds of stunning photos. Taking a cue from Dorothy Draper, one apartment dweller uses a classic color scheme as a starting point but adds her own original, personal touch to the space with sleek lamps and a metallic coffee table. In another home, a crystal cherry blossom chandelier and a coat of gray paint transform a small kitchen into a glamorous and soothing ice-storm scene. Glazed bowls and English country patterns set the tone in the Manhattan apartment of a die-hard gardener whose spacious terrace is a floral wonderland in the warmer months. Glimpses into the residences of fashion tastemakers and interior designers reveal how to blend finds from IKEA, eBay, flea markets, and high-end antiques stores for effortlessly quirky character. Above all, within these pages you will discover how to edit your beloved belongings and arrange a room so there’s just charm, no clutter.
Equally enjoyable to read as it is to look through, Details is infused with Lili’s joie de vivre and encouragement. With hundreds of design secrets on everything from salon-style art hangings to adding the final dash of style with flowers, Details will teach you how to tap into your own inner stylist.
Do you like hip, young, edgy, urban style?
By L. M. Keefer - December 29, 2010
I bought this book for myself for Christmas, as I wanted to know how a stylist turns ordinary into extraordinary.
And I loved the pink fuschia sofa on the cover against the brilliant blue.
If you love hip, young, edgy, authentic, gritty, bohemian, eclectic style and love shopping Ebay, flea markets or finding furniture on the street, or if you're an artist and live in Brooklyn or NYC, you may adore this book. Style is an expression of personality, so if this matches your personality, consider buying the book.
If the above doesn't describe you, you may not appreciate the rooms. Some of the rooms in this book I found wonderful, but some of them were too "eclectic" and lacked focus for me. This is a niche style that may not appeal to the average design aficionado, unless they love this style. It does fit the current trend of reusing, refurbishing and recycling furniture which I love. If you like the Apartment Therapy blog, you'll find it... read more
A dose of inspiration.
By L from Denver "lreader." - March 16, 2011
While I will admit I had very high expectations for this book, I wasn't too let down. Lili Diallo has a taste that may not be for all, but if you enjoy a dash of whimsy and a sprinkling of "undone" you may enjoy this book. I don't think I would use it as a guide, but rather just inspiration.
Love the Book
By Aboutcomfort - July 2, 2011
I love this book. It is inspiring and fun and is not about expensive furniture and stuffy decorating techniques. It is about expressing personality and individual style.